Looking for great sweet/desserts spots
I will be staying in Seattle with my sister at the end of June. I think I have taken more than enough great recommendations for food, drinks from this board...but Im looking for a great dessert place. We are coming from San Diego and have places like Extraordinary Desserts dedicated to cakes, pastry and coffee. Does Seattle have anything like that? If not, where we can we find great choices for desserts? We will have a car. Thanks.
I'm not up on places that only do dessert--though there are some great patisseries/bakeries here I think there may not be too many places that just do dessert at night--but one restaurant where the desserts knock me out is Poppy. You order a dessert "thali"--a tray of 6+ different desserts. The nutter butters alone, which are always on it, are worth it. I almost never get dessert; even at really nice places like Per Se in NYC desserts tend to bore me. I think Poppy, however, is wonderful. It's generally a pretty full restaurant but if you can't get a table in the restaurant, the bar area is fairly large and I bet you could get a seat there for dessert.
These are all great suggestions....to them I'd have to add the Salvadorean Bakery in the White Center neighborhood. Specifically I'd suggest the tres leches de chocolate (chocolate cake in a cup soaked in three creams, one of which is probably Bailey's, topped with whipped cream), the Maria Luisa torte, the herradura (a flaky pastry in the shape of a horseshoe filled with blueberry paste and sprinkled with sugar), and the sweet tamales with crema.
I love sweets and bakeries. If you are looking for places to sit down that have espresso drinks, fresh baked goods, and maybe ice cream, gelato, and some savory items, you might like Gelatimo at 3rd and Union (downtown) and Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle. Other places include Sugar Bakery and Cafe on Madison, near Boren (First Hill), Essential Bakery - Wallingford or Madison Park, Cafe Besalu in Ballard, Honore also in Ballard, Columbia City Bakery - SE Seattle, Macrina - three locations, Grand Central Bakery in Pioneer Square, Le Panier at the Pike Place Market, Belle Pastry - downtown and Bellevue, Fuji Bakery in the International District and Bellevue, Le Fournil on Eastlake - near the University Bridge, and Belle Epicurean also downtown. I realize that looks like a laundry list of every bakery in town, but there are more! Each of these have hits and misses, but you can have a lot of fun trying them and visiting different neighborhoods.
The grand daddy of the desserts and coffee idea - and open late, is B&O Espresso. I have not been in years so I can't vouch for the quality.
If you are looking for after dinner type places, you'll need to go to restaurants with good desserts - Poppy would be high on my list as well, though the pastry chef that made them famous is gone, I think they are managing to keep her ideas going.
Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
Honore Artisan Bakery
1413 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA
5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
1206 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Sugar Bakery & Cafe
1014 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104
526 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
I've been to Extraordinary Desserts and can't say we have anything that's comparable in terms of atmosphere and setting.
I would try maybe the Chocolati Cafes or Dilenttante as maybe the closest thing and I also second B&O Espresso,
Simply Desserts isnt much of a dine in place and do not have espresso (from what i can remember) but they're cakes are great.
There are also the Cupcake Royales and Trophy Cupcakes that are pleasant to sit and enjoy a coffee with a cupcake if that's your "cup of tea".
Or try some frozen custard?
1716 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
I agree with shaolinLFE comments. I used go to Extraordinary Desserts when I lived in socal and still miss it, you won't find the equivalent Seattle. B&O isn't as good as ED (I've tried their carrot and chocolate-something cakes, mediocre, and $6 for what feels like half an ED portion). Another vote for Le Fournil, I like getting breakfast/lunch there.
I'll be trying out tsquare's suggestions, thanks for the post!